Waiting for the Punch

Words to Live by from the WTF Podcast

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Author: Marc Maron

Publisher: Flatiron Books

ISBN: 1250088895

Category: Humor

Page: 416

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"Public figures as you rarely if ever hear them: strikingly personal, surprisingly open, and profoundly emotional." — Entertainment Weekly "I’m British, so I’m medically dead inside, but even I can’t help but open up whenever I talk to Marc. He uses his honestly like a scalpel, cutting himself open in front of anyone he’s talking to, and in doing so, invites you to do the same." —John Oliver From the beloved and wildly popular podcast WTF with Marc Maron comes a book of intimate, hilarious and life changing conversations with some of the funniest, and most important people in the world like you’ve never heard them before. Waiting for the Punch features the stories and thoughts of such luminaries as Amy Schumer, Mel Brooks, Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler, Sir Ian McKellen, Lorne Michels, Judd Apatow, Lena Dunham, Jimmy Fallon, RuPaul, Louis CK, David Sedaris, Bruce Springsteen, and President Obama. This book is not simply a collection of these interviews, but instead something more wondrous: a running narrative of the world’s most recognizable names working through the problems, doubts, joys, triumphs, and failures we all experience. With each chapter covering a different topic: parenting, childhood, relationships, sexuality, success, failures and others, Punch becomes a sort of everyman’s guide to life. Barack Obama candidly discusses the challenges of the presidency, and the bittersweet moments of seeing your children grow up. Amy Schumer recounts the pain of her parents’ divorce. Molly Shannon uproariously remembers the time she and her best friend hopped a plane from Ohio to New York City when they were twelve on a dare. Amy Poehler dishes on why just because you become a parent doesn’t mean you have to like anybody else’s kids but your own. Bruce Springsteen expounds on the dual nature of desperation to both motivate and devastate. Full of stories that are at once laugh-out loud funny, heartbreakingly honest, joyous, tragic and powerful, Waiting for the Punch is a book to be read from cover to cover, but it is also one to return to again and again.

Waiting for the End

Gender and Ending in the Contemporary Novel

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Author: Earl G. Ingersoll

Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press

ISBN: 9780838641538

Category: Fiction

Page: 286

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Waiting for the End examines two dozen contemporary novels within the context of a half century of theorizing about the function of ending in narrative. That theorizing about ending generated a powerful dynamic a quarter-century ago with the advent of feminist criticism of masculinist readings of the role played by ending in fiction. Feminists such as Theresa de Lauretis in 1984 and more famously Susan Winnett in her 1991 PMLA essay, Coming Unstrung, were leading voices in a swelling chorus of theorist pointing out the masculinist bias of ending in narrative. With the entry of feminist readings of ending, it became inevitable that criticism of fiction would become gendered through the recognition of difference transcending a simple binary of female/male to establish a spectrum of masculine to feminine endings, regardless of the sex of the writer. Accordingly, Waiting for the End examines pairs of novels - one pair by Margaret Atwood and one by Ian McEwan - to demonstrate how a writer can offer endings at either end of the gender spectrum.

Fat Kid Rules The World

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Author: K L Going

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1446478017

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 240

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When Troy (a hugely overweight social leper) befriends Curt (a skinny homeless punk guitar genius), they both get much more than they bargained for. Troy's macho brother and ex-Marine father think Curt is just a junkie loser - but as Curt stopped Troy's suicide attempt, Troy can't just forget him. Curt recruits Troy as the new drummer in his punk band - but Troy has never played the drums in his life. When Curt's around, though, almost anything seems possible. An outstanding, heart-warming, funny, edgy, debut novel.

Lucy Blue and the Daughters of Light

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Author: Dana Redfield

Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing

ISBN: 9781612832333

Category: Fiction

Page: 316

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When Shandie's lover dies, the wife he kept a secret suddenly appears -- for better or worse.

No One But You

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Author: Carly Bishop

Publisher: Harlequin

ISBN: 1460350650

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

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Lovers Undercover: Dangerous opponents, explosive lovers—these men are a criminal's worst nightmare and a woman's fiercest protector. When undercover cop Matt Guiliani arrived at the Bar Naught ranch in the dead of night to sting a vigilante leader, he got the biggest surprise of his career: His prey was already dead…and Matt was staring down the double-barreled shotgun of the beautiful and frightened Fiona Halsey. With a sinfully sexy body and sass to spare, Fiona was no innocent. But how she was connected with the murder or the secret organization, Matt wasn't sure. He only knew that Fiona was the one woman to scale the walls of his impenetrable defenses.Yet to let down his guard in this assignment, with Fiona, would be costly. Because this time it would mean his heart…if not his life.

Waiting for the Cemetery Vote

The Fight to Stop Election Fraud in Arkansas

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Author: Tom Glaze

Publisher: University of Arkansas Press

ISBN: 1610754808

Category: History

Page: 244

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Waiting for the Cemetery Vote begins with an overview chapter of Arkansas election fraud since the nineteenth century and then moves on to more specific examples of fraudulent activities over a dozen or so years that coincide with the onset of the modern progressive era in Arkansas. Author Tom Glaze, who was a trial lawyer battling election fraud during this time, is the ideal chronicler for this topic, bringing a memoirist's intimate insight together with a wealth of historical knowledge. Glaze describes the manipulation of absentee ballots and poll-tax receipts; votes cast by the dead, children, and animals; forgeries of ballots from nursing homes; and threats to body or livelihood made to anyone who would dare question these activities or monitor elections. Deceptive practices used to control election results were disturbingly brazen in the gubernatorial elections in the 1960s and were especially egregious in Conway and Searcy Counties in the 1970s and in special elections for the state senate in Faulkner, Conway, and Van Buren Counties. A clean-election movement began in the early 1970s, led not by party or political leaders but by individual citizens. These vigilant and courageous Arkansans undertook to do what their public institutions persistently failed to: insure that elections for public office were honest and that the will of the people was scrupulously obliged. Prominent and colorful among these groups was a small band of women in Conway County who dubbed themselves the "Snoop Sisters" and took on the long-established corrupt machine of Sheriff Marlin Hawkins. Written with longtime Arkansas political writer Ernie Dumas and illustrated with cartoons from the inimitable George Fisher, Waiting for the Cemetery Vote will be an entertaining and informative read for any Arkansas history and politics buffs.

Meant To Be

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Author: Donna Marie Rogers

Publisher: Donna Kowalcyk

ISBN: N.A

Category: Fiction

Page: 268

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She’s running from her past, he’s unsure about his future. Maybe together they can figure out what was MEANT TO BE... Officer Garrett Jamison is at the lowest point in his life. He’s lost faith in his ability as a police officer after unwittingly setting his sister up with a dirty cop. Garrett ended up getting shot, and his sister’s son kidnapped right out of his own bed. He takes a leave from the force, in need of some time to make a decision about his future. Too bad he can't get a decent night’s sleep thanks to his sexy new neighbor and her howling cat. Jessica McGovern moves halfway across the country to start a new life in Green Bay, Wisconsin after her ex-husband is convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of their young son. Her new neighbor is as infuriating as he is handsome, but when her ex is released from prison early and shows up in town, Jessica discovers she's never needed anyone more.

Kelsey's Quest

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Author: Fred Ephraim

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1469113449

Category: Fiction

Page: 458

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Kelsey Stewart had grown weary waiting for her new young husband Michael to grow up through a troublesome early marriage, and through his armed service in an unpopular war in Iraq, but still, she had waited. But now, upon his return home, her once wounded, and now confused husband decides to take off to California to clear his head, leaving his small town farm wife, his farm and their lovely twin daughters behind. After a while of not hearing from him, Kelsey, resolutely sets out after him to bring him back home, when simultaneously life-altering adventures develop for them both. You may visit the authors website at fredephraim.com and contact him via email at [email protected]

The Amish Groom

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Author: Mindy Starns Clark,Susan Meissner

Publisher: Harvest House Publishers

ISBN: 0736957359

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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New from bestselling authors Mindy Starns Clark and Susan Meissner, The Amish Groom (Book 1 in The Men of Lancaster County series) explores the men of an Amish community in Lancaster County, how their Amish beliefs play out in their unique roles, and the women who change their lives. Born to an ex-Amish mother and an Englisch father, 23-year-old Tyler Anderson was raised as a military kid until the age of 6, when his mom passed away. His dad, shipping off to yet another overseas post, placed Tyler in the care of his Amish grandparents, an arrangement that was supposed to be temporary. It lasted a lifetime. Rachel Hoeck is the young woman waiting for Tyler’s proposal. She senses that though he loves her and wishes to make a commitment to her and his Amish beliefs, part of him still wonders whether an Amish lifestyle is truly for him. When an opportunity to connect with his father unexpectedly arises, a visit to California causes Tyler to question everything, including a future with Rachel. Will the new girl in his life, Lark, cause him to remain in the Englisch world? Or will he choose to be an Amish groom after all? A poignant novel of hoping for romance and searching for identity, set in a beloved Amish community.

Echoes from the Classroom

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Author: James G. Devine

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1465376534

Category: Fiction

Page: 205

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Frank Johnson is a teacher. Tonight he is celebrating his retirement among colleagues and friends. As a writer, he reflects about his experiences in the classroom with his students. Echoes from the Classroom is a book filled with adventure, imagination and humour from a teacher`s point of view. This book includes more than 50 short stories that take you on a journey through one mans life. In part one, Frank tries to readjust to a new life outside the classroom while still clinging to past educational experiences. In part two, Frank reflects on his manuscript of stories and in part three, Frank deals with an assortment of related educational stories. Part four brings us full circle, back to Frank and our original story, but with a surprising conclusion.